Pakistan’s dirty little porn secret

BUTTONED-UP, blasphemy-obsessed Pakistan has a dirty little secret – it’s the world’s No 1 consumer of on-line pornography.

And not just your common-or-garden smut. According to this report it has been top-dog in searches per-person for “horse sex” since 2004; “donkey sex” since 2007; “rape pictures” between 2004 and 2009; “rape sex” since 2004 and “child sex” between 2004 and 2007. “Animal sex” and “dog sex” searches are pretty damn popular too in “The Land of The Pure”, as Pakistan likes to think of itself.

Pakistan has been top-dog in searches per-person for "horse sex" since 2004

The country also is tops  – or has been No. 1 – in searches for “camel sex,” “rape video,” “child sex video” and some other searches that Fox News was too coy to print.

The stats are based on findings generated by Google Trends and Google Insights, features of Google that produce data based on popular search terms.

Ironically, the Islamic country has banned content on at least 17 websites to block offensive and blasphemous material.

In addition to banning content on 17 websites, including Islam Exposed, Pakistan is monitoring seven other sites – Google, Yahoo, Bing, YouTube, Amazon, MSN and Hotmail – for anti-Islamic content.

Said Gabriel Said Reynolds, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame:

You won’t find strip clubs in Islamic countries. Most Islamic countries have certain dress codes. It would be an irony if they haven’t shown the same vigilance to pornography.

Reynolds claims that Pakistan is intent on shutting out the rest of the world.

[It] could lead to conversion, which would undermine the very order of the state. Part of protecting the society is making sure that there is no way it could be undermined in terms of foreign influences.

A group of Pakistani women protesting over Western's media's dissing of Islam

And while Pakistan is taking measures to prevent blasphemous material from being viewed by its citizens, pornographic material is “certainly” contradictory to Islam, too, Reynolds said.

The country’s punishment for those charged with blasphemy is execution, but the question remains what – if anything – can be done about people who search for porn on the Web?

Reynolds said:

It’s a new phenomenon.